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Wide-ranging Pursuit

Documentary | New documentary upholds big ideas about capitalism and the dignity of work but covers too much ground
by Megan Basham
Posted 5/27/19, 08:46 am

Arthur Brooks has never been a man short on ideas. While that has served him well as a best-selling author (The Road to Freedom, The Conservative Heart) and president of the American Enterprise Institute, it’s clearly a challenge for him to pack his wide-ranging social and economic ideas into 76 minutes.

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Granting our wishes

Movie | Song, dance, laughter, romance—Disney’s live-action Aladdin is entertainment for the whole family
by Megan Basham
Posted 5/23/19, 08:52 am

Think of them as Marvel movies for the younger set. After Cinderella (2015), The Jungle Book (2016), and Beauty and the Beast (2017) successively pounced on the box office like Shere Khan on poor little Mowgli, Disney executives are now rolling out remakes of their classic animated films nearly once a quarter, to varying results. Before the next two years are out, audiences will reportedly be treated to a live-action Lion King, Lady and the Tramp, Mulan, Sword in the Stone, and Pinocchio.

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Baptists on the big screen

Film | The Tribeca Film Festival’s top jury award winner focuses on a Baptist church
by Emily Belz
Posted 5/22/19, 05:08 pm

A New York moment:

I enjoy the Tribeca Film Festival because it gives more space to projects from film-world outsiders, unlike the New York Film Festival, which tends to showcase films from famous directors that already have theatrical distribution and Oscar prospects. Tribeca feels like a place where anything can happen, where you can find a documentary about a pastor in North Dakota or a feature film in Romanian

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